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Undersea World

To the south, Manzanillo Bay is a non-traditional dive destination. Unlike many Mexican resort areas, the reefs here are still pristine and growing. In addition to reefs, divers will also find underwater fissures, swim-through archways, tunnels, and sea mounds with visible lava flows. As an added bonus, Manzanillo Bay is home to a highly penetrable wreck.

 Pelagic species, like whales and mantas Manta rays can be seen throughout the year, but during the winter months, divers also have the chance of spotting the rare whale shark or even a migratory whale.

San Luciano Wreck

First and foremost, the San Luciano wreck is worth at least one dive while visiting the area. This ship sank during a hurricane in 1959. Today, the top of the wreck is just 4 feet (1 meter) below the surface, making it a perfect wreck for beginners. For more of a challenge, wreck divers can explore the many open rooms throughout the ship.

On August 6, 1965 she struck a submerged rock at Punta Hermanos, Tenacatita, about 38 miles / 61 km from Manzanillo. The collision damaged her front and tore into her forward cargo holds. Flooding went back to the engine room’s bulkhead and held. The Captain, Romero Ortiz, flooded the rear ballast tanks to balance the vessel and continued to sail to Manzanillo. Anchored out on the Juluapan peninsula near Playa La Boquita in Santiago Bay, a diver descended on the wreck and determined the damage was too great for repair. Lloyds of London states “SAN LUCIANO sank at Manzanillo”…to be salvaged.” She was sold to a scrap salvage operation in Guadalajara. Her upper works and many of her fittings and gear were salvaged as late as 1988. To her credit she was the oldest deep water commercial steamship still active on the Pacific Coast, with a 73 year history that spanned two World Wars.

She remains a sunken treasure in Manzanillo. The San Luciano is 300 feet long. A 10-15 minute swim from shore, scuba divers and snorkelers can enjoy the thrill of a ship wreck in shallow water. An average depth of about 20 feet / 6 meters. You can circumnavigate the wreck and there are some areas where you can penetrate. Visibility on the wreck is often not very good but there are times when it is very good and you can see a lot of the ship and start to put things together rather than seeing 5 feet / 1.5 meters at a time. She does have a history!

The San Luciano Shipwreck Manzanillo Dive Site
Shipwrecks always fascinate people so this is one of Manzanillo’s most popular dive sites. This wreck has so many huge puffer fish it is impossible to describe. Both a huge quantity and a huge variety, I doubt you will ever see this many balloonfish again, anywhere. Hawksbill turtles have been sighted on this wreck as well as seahorses and octopus. There are huge schools of grunts that swim and swirl around the wreck.

Playa Audencia

Playa La Audiencia is located right in front of the Tesoro Hotel. This site consists of boulders, ledges and crevices for the diver to explore. It makes a excellent night dive. This site has abundant marine and coral life. If the currents are gentle this is ideal for beginners. This can be a good place to do a night dive. Maximum depths are around 21 meters (63 feet) but no more than 7-8 meters (20 feet) on the south side. Here you can enjoy: damsel fish, yellow tail, moray eels, sting rays, angel gish, trumpet fish and puffer fish.

Club de Yates

Located a just a bit farther out from Playa la Audiencia is Club De Yates. This small cove has some protection if there is surge but it can get strong surge under some conditions in the winter. It is a great snorkel and dive spot and good for novice divers and training. There are several rocks a distance offshore but within easy swimming distance and an easy compass run to get there where depths are up to 18 meters (55 feet). If you stay to the right side you will end up back along the Playa La Audiencia area. If you stay to the left you will head more out towards open water. In between there is a sand patch. This diversity of bottom makes an excellent training site and provides an opportunity to see a variety of marine life including: moray eels, snake eels, damsel fish, sting rays, flounder, the occasional spotted eagle ray and a variety of colorful fish.

Pena Blanca

Is reserved for advanced divers due to its open ocean location, but is worth the risk. Here you’ll find beds of black coral and several pelagic species, migratory whales and giant manta rays.

Pena Blanca is a huge rock island in the open ocean offshore from Playa del Oro beach by the Manzanillo airport. It is an advanced dive with depths that can approach 150 meters (450 feet). Because it is in the open ocean visibility is usually very good. Currents can run from light to heavy depending on the sea swell and wind. The bottoms slopes gradually, but the depth goes on to infinity. Typical dive depths range from 45-100 feet (15-33 meters). This type of structure is the type that will attract pelagic fish. It is an area where sharks are sometimes seen and is visited by whales and giant pacific mantas during the winter. Not only is this rock “white” it smells, quite literally, from the bird droppings. The deeper dives make it worth remembering as you observe black coral, volcanic fissures and coral-encrusted boulders. 

Manzanillo Dive Highlights

  • San Luciano wreck
  • Playa Audencia
  • Club de Yates  
  • Pena Blanca

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Fun & Adventure

  • L’Recif  
  • Las Brisas Jetty
  • Los Frailes
  • Elephant Rock


This dive is best done by boat unless you know someone in the condos here. The actual beach is surrounded by private condos and the shore itself is not good for an entry. It is iron shore (rock and pebbles) and can have a strong, unpredictable surge and current. Conditions can change rapidly so keep a weather eye out and watch the winds. For these reasons we suggest an intermediate or advanced diver for this area. Depths can approach 20 meters (60 feet). Marine Life in this area include: cortez angel fish, trumpet fish, puffer fish, parrot fish, octopus and lobsters. There is a coral reef on the right side of the beach with lots to see and explore.

Las Brisas Jetty

The Las Brisas Jetty is in Las Brisas right at the harbor entrance. It is generally a shore dive but can be reached by boat. It is very close to one of the oldest hotels / B&B in Manzanillo, the La Posada. This is a good location for novice divers and the current is generally light but it is the outside entrance to the harbor and is exposed to sea swell and waves. Marine Life observed here includes: Moorish Idols, Grunts, Needle Fish and Seargent Majors.

The Jetty is home to a huge variety of marine life and pristine colorful coral formations. Watch out for boat traffic but also experience the millions of fish spiraling around the rocks.

Los Frailes

The Los Frailes (The Friars) dive site is a very exciting dive. Because of the potential depths and currents we rate it as an intermediate to advanced dive based on the sea conditions. It is best dived the first few times with an experienced diver on this site. It is out in open water and exposed to the weather. Maximum depths are in the 40 meter (120 feet) range. The huge rock pinnacles with walls, ledges, crevices, canyons form a real circle of rock around a shallow, sandy area. It is exciting to see the rocks rising from the depths and breaking the surface. Visibility is generally good here (50-100′) with a lot of marine life to see. A boat is needed to reach and dive this site.

Elephant Rock

Elephant Rock, two swim-throughs, underwater arches are flanked by shallow coral reefs. This site occasionally hosts sea turtles and whale sharks. This is a very popular dive along a great stretch of shoreline for diving. A very distinctive “elephant” from natural rock marks the area. It is a good novice dive with depths averaging 60′, 18m. Visibility here can be good if the swell isn’t huge. You need a boat to reach this site. Seaward of the elephant rock is a cove with tunnels into the mountain and crevices you can swim through. There is also a lava shelf that protrudes past the rock and some submerged archways. It is close to the big Bufadora (the Devil’s Hole). Marine life here includes schools of surgeonfish, king angels, puffers, zebra and jewel morays, parrotfish and stingrays.

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Activities & Adventures

Explore Your Adventure Destination

Your vacation in Manzanillo is sure to consist of plenty of fun and excitement, but how about adding a touch of adventure as well? For those who can’t shake that adrenaline bug, consider booking exciting excursions, such as zip-lining through the jungle, setting sail on a catamaran cruise or snorkeling and diving, to make the most out of your destination.

Sun and Sand

Beach, Swimming & Sunbathing


Manzanillo is blessed with one of the most beautiful bays in the world. From beachcombing to swimming and sunbathing, Manzanillo’s beaches will not disappoint. 


The beaches of Manzanillo have soft sand, the perfect climate, and a wide variety of activities. Santiago Bay area offers wonderful beaches, warm ocean for swimming and tons of fun and plenty of restaurants and bars.


Bahía de Santiago is known for beaches such as Playa La Audiencia, with calm surf, sand and plenty of fun. Perfect for the littles ones and the whole family.


Weddings, Honeymoons & More 


Celebrate your romance with a destination wedding in Manzanillo. Romantic weddings on a golden sand beach, rich sunsets and one of the most beautiful bays in the world are the perfect backdrop for your destination wedding.


Your bachelorette/bachelor party can be the most fun you’ve had in years! With a bit of planning beforehand, Manzanillo is the perfect spot to plan such an adventure.


Your honeymoon is sure to consist of plenty of romance, and Manzanillo is the honeymoon destination. From quiet privacy to all out partying, Manzanillo has something for every honeymooner.

Renewal of Vows

A rededication to your marriage is an exciting thing – you can do it as often as you like. With vow renewals (or reaffirmations) you have the opportunity to have the ceremony you’ve always wanted.

On the Sea

SUP, Sea Kayak & Sailing


Paddle boarding is undoubtedly a great way to get in contact with the marine environment of Manzanillo. Easy to learn and a great way to have fun in the calm Bahía de Manzanillo and Bahía de Santiago. Paddle by Playa La Audience with her calm surf.

Sea Kayaking

Your kayaking adventure, exploring and paddling in the two beautiful bays around Manzanillo, with gorgeous, crescent-shaped beaches, backed by lush landscape and even a few volcanoes.


Sea breezes and the most beautiful beaches in the world. Manzanillo is the perfect exotic location for sailing and learning to sail. Bask in the sun and enjoy the unbelievable sunsets.

In the Sea

Snorkel & Scuba Diving


Manzanillo’s warm waters and rocky reefs are home to a variety of tropical fish. Small coral formations and sea fans paint the sea floor. Whale sharks and humpbacks although rare sometimes make an appearance.


Scuba diving is easy and rewarding in Manzanillo. There are various reefs teeming with marine life that are still untouched and growing. Many dive sites are so close to the shore that it’s not even necessary to hire a boat.

Fishing the Sea

Deep Sea, Shore & Lake


Manzanillo is considered one of the best big game fishing destinations in the Pacific. The Pacific coast of southern Mexico is mountainous and the deep bluewater frequented by most big game fish is very close to the bays.

Deep Sea

Big attraction for anglers heading to Manzanillo is unquestionably saltwater fishing. Thanks to her fantastic deep waters surrounding the coastlines, sport fishing for highly sought after big game species is incredibly popular.


Surf fishing and fly fishing are great alternatives here too—cast your line from the beach and see what you can catch. This is an especially popular pastime early in the mornings and a great way to spend time with the family.


Surf fishing and fly fishing are great alternatives here too—cast your line from the beach and see what you can catch. This is an especially popular pastime early in the mornings and a great way to spend time with the family.

Golf by the Sea

Golfing Experiences


Manzanillo is a vibrant and exciting destination for golfers and boasts two of México’s most important golf courses. As a golf destination, Manzanillo is quickly becoming one of the top golfing locations in Mexico.


Whether you are looking for a championship course, a golf resort or a quick nine holes, you are definitely going to find what you are looking for in Manzanillo.

On Land

Horses, Hiking, Biking, ATV

On Horseback

At Miramar Beach, ride you horse off into the sunset. Take a deep breath and take in the sea breeze and experience a great adventure. In Manzanillo there are more beaches and many more opportunites for unforgettable experiences.

Hiking & Biking

Mountain bike and hiking tours led by local guides—a great choice for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Ride and hike along scenic trails through forested areas, river beds and jungles.

Off Road

Rugged mountain terrain and hidden treasures, create the perfect setting for an off-road  adventure. Drive your own ATV through jungles full of surprises and new adventures.


Live the Lifestyle


Looking for Lifestyle Options? When considering Manzanillo as a place to live or retire, the knowledge we share will help you to create a plan, and we’ll connect you with useful lifestyle services and property choices.


Many consider Manzanillo for their retirement home. With recreational opportunities such as boating, fishing, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, kayaking and a modern infrastructure, stable electrical grid and high-speed internet.


Variety of lifestyles, from resorts, condos and other full-time housing—it’s a perfect place for those seeking an “always on vacation” lifestyle. Manzanillo has everything you need and more, affordability, healthcare, safety, culture and cuisine.

Real Estate

Finding the Right Investment

Real Estate

Real estate investment opportunities exist in Manzanillo. For an entrepreneur interested in value, there are homes, condos and private land that lie close to the attractive vistas that line the coastline.

Beach Houses

It is always a wonderful idea to set up villas, apartments and other residential units in the vicinity of a stunning ocean, pristine beaches, and picturesque lagoons. The attractiveness of Manzanillo has always been a magnet that attracts buyers and tenants at any time of the year.


Experience the Culture


The Zócalo is a must-see for travelers interested in exploring local Mexican culture and nightlife. The city’s main square houses the city’s government buildings and several popular and affordable local restaurants.


Right along one of Manzanillo’s most beautiful beaches, the popular flea market at Playa Miramar is a great place to wander, browse, shop and sample traditional sweets such as coconut and tamarind candies.


Botaneros are unique to the state of Colima’s culture, and Manzanillo is teeming with them. Botaneros are open bars where as long as you keep drinking, the botanero provides free snacks and entertainment.


Enjoy the Food & Drink 

Food & Drink

Manzanillo is well known for its varieties of regional and national food and drink. From street tacos to exquisites culinary delights, paired with regional wine, beer and tequila with long histories and international reputations.

Fine Wine

The cultivation of wine began over 500 years ago with Hernan Cortes. Today the wine production in Mexico is gaining importance nationally and internationally. In Mexico, there are seven main estates where wine production is carried out.


Beer in Mexico has a long history. From  Mesoamerican times and the arrival of the Spanish, European style beer was introduced and Mexicans have been brewing beer for centuries and is one of the world’s top beer-producing countries.


Tequila is a regional distilled alcoholic drink made from the blue agave plant, primarily in the area surrounding the city of Tequila, 65 km northwest of Guadalajara, and in the Jaliscan Highlands of the central western Mexican state of Jalisco.

Where to Stay

Find the Right Resort


With beautiful beaches and resorts, Manzanillo is the perfect vacation destination for those looking for relaxing fun in the sun. Soak in the sunshine, go for a tequila tasting, spa treatment or fill your day with outdoor adventures.


If you’re looking for a resort town that doesn’t have the over-commercialized feel of a resort town, then Manzanillo is good place to spend your next vacation.

Manzanillo is home to an aquarium of fish and after a day diving in the Bay, you’ll be busy trying to remember everything you’ve seen.



Lobsters, octopus, seahorses and a large number of huge pufferfish reside at the San Luciano Wreck. Many of the reefs in the area host schools of fish, jewel moray eels,stingrays and sea turtles.

At Elephant Rock and Pena Blanca, the open ocean site, divers occasionally see manta rays, whale sharks, sailfish and even whales on a lucky day.

Special Trips, Tours & Events: Manzanillo

Taste of Mexico 

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Wine Tasting

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Dive Festival 

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Foodie Tours

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